Apple  Android
Strake Jesuit Prayer App

October 31, 2016

Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazinenamed Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?

Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?

—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazine named Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?

Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?

—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States ofAmerica. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 31, 2016

Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States ofAmerica. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazine named Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?
Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?
—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Lord, help me see beyond stereotypes and public images to the see the real person and go beyond any label. For it is through others that you come to me in daily life and reveal yourself. You are never far. I want to see you in the deepest possible sense. Only then can I truly become your disciple. I need to hear you saying to me, “I want to stay in your house today.” I want to open the door and welcome you in.
 
—Father Petkash

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 19: 1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
 
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
 
Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 30, 2016

Lk 19: 1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
 
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
 
Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Are You Ready?

Jesus is passing by; Zacchaeus is ready. He climbs a tree to assure himself of a good view. Little did Zacchaeus think Jesus would actually notice him, stop and invite himself to dine in his home.  
 
Jesus continually passes by.  But do I take steps to notice him? Do I recognize him in my family, my co-workers, the elderly person in the grocery line, the homeless person begging outside the local supermarket? Do I see him in the face of refugees on the evening news? Do I see him in the victims of senseless violence on our city streets?
 
It is so easy to categorize people and not experience them as individual persons through whom the Lord reveals himself.  He takes notice of me through others.  He stands at my door and knocks.  Am I ready to open and offer him hospitality?
 
—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J. serves as Vice-President for Mission and Identity at Walsh Jesuit High School, Stow, OH.
 

Prayer

Lord, help me see beyond stereotypes and public images to the see the real person and go beyond any label. For it is through others that you come to me in daily life and reveal yourself. You are never far. I want to see you in the deepest possible sense. Only then can I truly become your disciple. I need to hear you saying to me, “I want to stay in your house today.” I want to open the door and welcome you in.
 
—Father Petkash

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Are You Ready?

Jesus is passing by; Zacchaeus is ready. He climbs a tree to assure himself of a good view. Little did Zacchaeus think Jesus would actually notice him, stop and invite himself to dine in his home.  

Jesus continually passes by.  But do I take steps to notice him? Do I recognize him in my family, my co-workers, the elderly person in the grocery line, the homeless person begging outside the local supermarket? Do I see him in the face of refugees on the evening news? Do I see him in the victims of senseless violence on our city streets?

It is so easy to categorize people and not experience them as individual persons through whom the Lord reveals himself.  He takes notice of me through others.  He stands at my door and knocks.  Am I ready to open and offer him hospitality?

—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J. serves as Vice-President for Mission and Identity at Walsh Jesuit High School, Stow, OH.

 
Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  
As it was in the beginning, is now and always will be,
world without end. Amen!
 
—Traditional prayer to the Holy Trinity
Please share the Good Word with your friends!


St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





Submit a Prayer Request

Archives

October 31, 2016

Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazinenamed Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?

Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?

—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazine named Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?

Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?

—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States ofAmerica. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 31, 2016

Lk 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States ofAmerica. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Focus on the Peripheries

One of my favorite Pope Francis stories is when he celebrated his 77th birthday in 2013 by inviting three homeless men (and their dog) to share breakfast with him. This took place the week after Time magazine named Pope Francis as their person of the year. I imagine that there were plenty of well-connected, powerful, and famous people who would have been happy to join Pope Francis for a meal on his birthday. But Francis chose to turn the values of our society upside down by inviting those whom our society deems as the least important to a place of honor at his table. Isn’t this the same thing that Jesus is inviting us to do in today’s gospel?
Pope Francis has asked the Society of Jesus to “focus on the peripheries.” Who are the people living on the peripheries in our homes, schools, workplaces, local and global communities? How can we invite them to a place of honor at our tables?
—Dave Lawler is the Director of Campus Ministry at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Lord, help me see beyond stereotypes and public images to the see the real person and go beyond any label. For it is through others that you come to me in daily life and reveal yourself. You are never far. I want to see you in the deepest possible sense. Only then can I truly become your disciple. I need to hear you saying to me, “I want to stay in your house today.” I want to open the door and welcome you in.
 
—Father Petkash

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 19: 1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
 
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
 
Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 30, 2016

Lk 19: 1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
 
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
 
Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
 
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Are You Ready?

Jesus is passing by; Zacchaeus is ready. He climbs a tree to assure himself of a good view. Little did Zacchaeus think Jesus would actually notice him, stop and invite himself to dine in his home.  
 
Jesus continually passes by.  But do I take steps to notice him? Do I recognize him in my family, my co-workers, the elderly person in the grocery line, the homeless person begging outside the local supermarket? Do I see him in the face of refugees on the evening news? Do I see him in the victims of senseless violence on our city streets?
 
It is so easy to categorize people and not experience them as individual persons through whom the Lord reveals himself.  He takes notice of me through others.  He stands at my door and knocks.  Am I ready to open and offer him hospitality?
 
—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J. serves as Vice-President for Mission and Identity at Walsh Jesuit High School, Stow, OH.
 

Prayer

Lord, help me see beyond stereotypes and public images to the see the real person and go beyond any label. For it is through others that you come to me in daily life and reveal yourself. You are never far. I want to see you in the deepest possible sense. Only then can I truly become your disciple. I need to hear you saying to me, “I want to stay in your house today.” I want to open the door and welcome you in.
 
—Father Petkash

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Are You Ready?

Jesus is passing by; Zacchaeus is ready. He climbs a tree to assure himself of a good view. Little did Zacchaeus think Jesus would actually notice him, stop and invite himself to dine in his home.  

Jesus continually passes by.  But do I take steps to notice him? Do I recognize him in my family, my co-workers, the elderly person in the grocery line, the homeless person begging outside the local supermarket? Do I see him in the face of refugees on the evening news? Do I see him in the victims of senseless violence on our city streets?

It is so easy to categorize people and not experience them as individual persons through whom the Lord reveals himself.  He takes notice of me through others.  He stands at my door and knocks.  Am I ready to open and offer him hospitality?

—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J. serves as Vice-President for Mission and Identity at Walsh Jesuit High School, Stow, OH.

 
Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  
As it was in the beginning, is now and always will be,
world without end. Amen!
 
—Traditional prayer to the Holy Trinity
Please share the Good Word with your friends!